Live Right for Your Type : The Individualized Prescription for Maximizing Health, Well-Being and Vitality in Every Stage of Your Life
From the doctor who brought us the blood-type health craze that has swept the nation, here is new research that shows you how to live according to your blood type so that you can achieve total physical and emotional well-being.
Over a million readers have used the individualized blood-type diet solution developed by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo to achieve their ideal weight. In the five years since the New York Times bestseller Eat Right 4 (for) Your Type was published, new research has indicated that there's a blood-type profile for almost every aspect of our lives, and thanks to that new research, your blood type reveals how you can live a better life. Live Right 4 (for) Your Type is Dr. D'Adamo's ground breaking book that will give you individualized prescriptions according to blood type.
According to your blood type, should you:
- Eat three regular meals a day, or small, frequent ones?
- Have a regimented or flexible routine?
- Go to sleep at the same time every night or have a flexible bedtime?
- Do without rest periods or take them religiously?
- Achieve emotional balance through exercise, meditation, or herbs?
Each blood-type prescription is divided into five life areas. Recommendations, guidelines, and informational charts are provided for the following:
- Stress and Emotional Balance
- Maximizing Health
- Overcoming Disease
- Strategies for Aging
Live Right 4 (for) Your Type also has information compiled from new research that greatly expands on the information in Eat Right 4 (for) Your Type. Live Right features:
- new metabolism-boosting supplement lists to increase the body's efficiency and ability to achieve ideal weight;
- refined food and supplement lists to increase cardiac efficiency, lower cholesterol, and strengthen your ability to fight colds, flu, and more serious diseases;
- instructions on how to use vegetables and herbs to improve Natural Killer Cell activity; and
- new information on blood type subgroups that influence not only weight, but also physical and mental health.
Author of the bestselling Eat Right 4 Your Type, D'Adamo delves more deeply into the influence of blood type in this follow-up volume, claiming not only that it determines the way individuals should eat, but also the way they should live. For each blood type he offers an extensive "prescription" for lifestyle changes, covering such issues as exercise, stress relief and sleep patterns, as well as supplements and foods. Type O, for instance, is advised to eat red meat and engage in aerobic exercise, while Type A is advised to focus on vegetables and try yoga. D'Adamo identifies the medical risk factors for each blood type, pointing out that, for example, As and ABs are at greater risk for developing cancer, while Os may be more vulnerable to mood disorders or destructive behaviors. In addition to his "prescriptions for living," D'Adamo offers a soup-to-nut diet plan for each blood type, complete with explanations of why various foods work for or against the body. While D'Adamo's plan is meticulously researched, readers may balk at the complexity not only of his text but also of the diet itself, which may create kitchen clashes when individuals of several blood types share meals. This comprehensive, fascinating theory will suit the nutrition-committed, but readers seeking a quick fix to weight and health problems may be left in a daze. (Jan.)
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Excerpt from Live Right for Your Type by Peter J. D'Adamo
The Unmistakable You
The Blood Type Gene
What makes me me, and you you? This is the question that is at the heart of the genetic puzzle. It is also central to our exploration of blood types. What is the animating principle that determines the unique set of characteristics you possess, and the different set that belongs to me? The key is genetic heritage. Your genetic heritage is the unbroken story line of your life. Even though you are living in the twenty-first century, you share a common bond with your ancestors. The genetic 'information' that resulted in their particular characteristics has been passed on to you. A helpful analogy is the way a computer manages information. Think of the very process of writing this book. As I sit at my computer, only my creative powers and my typing skills limit me. I am free to move words, sentences, or even whole paragraphs around. This information lies in the dynamic portion of my computer, called the RAM (random access memory). Should a sudden power outage occur, or I neglect to save the material to the hard drive, it would all be lost. However, if I am satisfied with this writing, it will be permanently saved to the hard drive, available for use at a later time. Your genetic heritage is your biologic hard drive. Embedded within it are the recordings of past 'writings' that were saved for later use-along with, in some cases, a few 'disk errors.' These recordings are stored in your DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). One of the 'saved' pieces of information is your blood type. What determines your blood type? In genetic lingo, the blood type variations are known as alleles. Every person contains alleles-alternate forms of genes. The alleles determine whether you have blue eyes or brown, are tall or short, have black hair or red, and other distinctions. There are three blood type alleles-A, B, and O. That means there are three variations, or alternatives, for your blood type. However, the influence of your blood type is far greater than that of the gene that gives you eye color. Much of that influence has to do with its location and the way it interacts with other genes.
On the Street Where Blood Type Lives
The gene for ABO blood type is located on the q leg of chromosome number 9, around band 34. So the address for your blood type gene is 9q34. It is here that the three basic alleles of the ABO blood system are found, leaving you a Type O, A, B, or AB.1 The mechanics of blood type's influence have to do with the way genes influence other, seemingly unrelated, genes located immediately adjacent or nearby. This mechanism explains why your blood type can have an impact on such a diverse number of bodily systems-from digestive enzymes to neurochemicals. We already know of some intimate relationships between the blood type gene and other genes that impact on our health and well-being. For example, in 1984, researchers reporting in the journal Genetic Epidemiology presented evidence of a family pedigree in which a major gene for breast cancer susceptibility is located near band q34 on chromosome 9.2 There is a clear genetic connection between blood type and breast cancer. Many nutrition experts are baffled when they first hear about the link between blood type and digestion. That's because they are only considering the physical significance of blood type as a surface antigen. Actually, it is not your blood type antigen that is influencing the level of acid in your stomach, but rather the gene for your blood type influencing other seemingly unrelated genes located immediately adjacent (or very close ) to the ABO blood type gene that can exert an effect on your stomach acid levels. This phenomenon, called gene linkage, isn't well understood yet, but it is well known: Many genes influence the actions of other, seemingly unrelated genes. Here's another intriguing link that suggests a relationship between blood type and the brain. The gene for the enzyme dopamine beta hydroxylase (DBH), which converts dopamine to noradrenaline, is located right at 9q34. It's literally sitting on top of the gene for blood type.